On selected Wednesday through Saturday nights, May through August, the Festival presents a mini-concert series preceding the mainstage performance at 7:20 PM featuring various bands and performing artists. To see who is playing each evening please visit our calendar by clicking here and click on each play title for the evening’s performance details.
An alternative to the concert hall in which classically trained local musicians perform in a relaxed atmosphere bringing classical music to the people of Boise. Founded in 2012, Classical Revolution: Boise has collaborated with many Boise institutions, including the Boise Art Museum and Story Story Night. Offering a wide range of musical styles, Classical Revolution: Boise musicians are just as likely to be heard performing with a symphony orchestra as they are at a coffee shop or bar. http://classicalrevolutionboise.com/about
Boise’s Knights in White Jackets and Cavaliers of Cool since 2001. Specializing in music of the ‘30s, ‘40s and ‘50s. www.frimfram4.com.
is a daring ensemble exploring the musical frontiers where jazz, classical, rock, Celtic, Brazilian and bluegrass genres converge; exuberant compositions, direct and hope-filled. Their music is unique, an energetic sound that explodes from the stage inspiring listeners through their critically acclaimed 5 CD recordings. Idaho Public TV’s award-winning production, Onomatopoeia, Live in Concert is aired regularly throughout the USA and internationally. NPR listeners voted “Lord, Have Mercy” # 2 for All Songs Considered. “Some Assembly Required” just missed a Grammy nomination. Their newest CD, “What Is The Nature of Your Emergency?” will be released summer 2015. http://www.kevinkirk.com/onomatopoeia/
The Boise Chordsmen’s chorus loves to sing a cappella in the barbershop style. They are a chapter of the Barbershop Harmony Society led by Director Rich Lapp, with members who reside all over the valley. For the ISF mini concerts they will feature delightful quartets. Barbershop harmony is a style of unaccompanied singing with three voices harmonizing to the melody. The Boise Chordsmen are members of the Barbershop Harmony Society and are Division V champions in the Evergreen District. They are dedicated to the promotion and development of Barbershop singing by entertaining people of all ages throughout the community.
Edmond Dantes – in addition to being one of the greatest characters in literary history – is a music project started by music teachers Andrew Stensaas and Ryan Peck in 2012. Edmond Dantes has released two EPs: Etta (2013) and Juno (2014) and one full-length: 6:13-Soundtrack to Almosting It (2015). Edmond Dantes have had songs place in a multitude of commercial projects. In the summer of 2015 Edmond Dantes was featured as the entire soundtrack of the motion picture Almosting It – a movie featuring Lee Majors (The Fall Guy, Six Million Dollar Man), Terry Keiser (Weekend at Bernies) and Jane Merrow (The Lion in Winter). The focus is melody, hooks and, hopefully, hitting that intangible pleasure center that exists in the realm of pop. Throw some old Motown, some eighties synth pop and a few dashes of Blue Eyed Soul in a bowl and you’ll have a good approximation of Edmond Dantes’ sonic cookies. https://edmonddantesband.bandcamp.com/
Led by husband and wife duo, Lauren Edson and Andrew Stensaas, LED combines movement, sound and visuals to create visceral worlds that transcend the artist/audience relationship. Described by the Seattle Times as a “dazzling display of pyrotechnics and an important addition to the Northwest,” LED has been creating genre-defying work since it’s inception in January 2015.
An acoustic, Boise based trio playing your life’s soundtrack. Renown and beloved b-side hits from the 60’s to today. Beatles, Rolling Stones, Van Morrison, Beach Boys, Beck, Wilco, Tom Waits, and more. Features Bernie Reilly on guitar, Greg Belzeski on drums, Jay Multanen on bass. Visit www.musicinboise.com for more info and booking.
Originally from Los Angeles, CA and the daughter of a pianist, Sally discovered the joy of singing at an early age, when she would sometimes join her father on stage. She began her career in earnest when she was introduced to pianist/songwriter Kevin Kirk. Together they have performed for thousands of listeners at the Sun Valley Jazz Festival, Mammoth Lakes Jazz Festival, Jazz on the Green Series in Sun Valley, Jazz at the Lake in McCall, ID, Hot Air-Cool Jazz Festival in Boise, ID, Star Spangled 4th of July Concert at Lake Harbor (20 years), world movie premieres of Indiana Jones, Emperors Club, and Sea Biscuit. She has recorded two CD’s Sally Tibbs by Request and Sally Tibbs in Motion produced and arranged by Kevin Kirk, who also performed on both.